feel honor-bound to (do something)

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feel honor-bound to (do something)

To feel obliged to do something because it is morally correct or required by one's sense of duty or integrity, even if one does not desire to do so. Primarily heard in US. It pains me to turn you in to the police, my friend, but I feel honor-bound to inform them of your actions.
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be/feel duty/honour ˈbound to do something

(British English) (American English be/feel duty/honor ˈbound to do something) (formal) feel that you must do something because of your sense of moral duty: She felt honour bound to attend as she had promised to.Most people think that children are duty bound to look after their parents when they are old.
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Try some delicate, stackable rings, but don't feel honor-bound to stack.
Since that doesn't promote the abortion brand, a task so many media representatives feel honor-bound (so to speak) to advance, it is to NBC 10's credit that however briefly the American public heard the true horror that was Gosnell's House of Horrors.
So, I feel honor-bound to remind you that, in the absence of continued leadership in education, others will step in.
Like actor Milanko Zablacanski, who was among the tens of thousands protesting against Milosevic in 1997, many feel honor-bound to support a leader they loathe against foreign soldiers occupying Kosovo as the Turks did.